1955 National League Debuts

Willie Mays played his first Major League game on May 25, 1951, and went 0-for-5 at the plate. He started his career 1-for-25 and told his manager, "I can't do it, Mr. Leo. You better bench me."

Casey Stengel played his first Major League game on July 27, 1912, and went 4-for-4 at the plate. He commented later in his life, "I broke in with four hits and the writers promptly decided they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression."

Both Mays and Stengel would continue their Major League careers down separate paths of greatness, but each still had to appear in that memorable first Major League game. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present what Cubs broadcaster Steve Stone once described as, "His first Major League debut."

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"There is a certain amount of fascination to the big league debut of any athlete. Sometimes they are incredible successes. Sometimes they are frenetic failures." - Sportswriter Arthur Daley

1955 National League Debuts

1955 N.L. Rookies | 1955 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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07-17-1955
24
40
07-17-1955
25
51
04-24-1955
27
32
06-24-1955
19
37
04-18-1955
23
28
09-09-1955
23
35
04-16-1955
22
29
04-16-1955
32
42
04-17-1955
24
53
04-30-1955
27
45
07-20-1955
20
48
04-17-1955
22
11
04-16-1955
24
26
04-17-1955
20
3
04-11-1955
26
26
07-03-1955
33
43
04-16-1955
24
27
04-11-1955
24
31
07-21-1955
24
26
09-08-1955
24
36
04-11-1955
25
27
06-12-1955
19
12
07-21-1955
26
22
04-14-1955
37
30
06-02-1955
19
49
04-20-1955
24
24
08-16-1955
23
18
04-12-1955
26
29
04-17-1955
25
39
09-20-1955
25
15
06-03-1955
23
8
04-16-1955
23
9
06-19-1955
22
43
04-18-1955
32
42
04-16-1955
23
18, 39
04-19-1955
21
45
04-16-1955
22
45
09-11-1955
18
48
04-16-1955
24
13, 21
04-17-1955
20
31
06-18-1955
32
8
04-13-1955
21
37
04-18-1955
25
28
07-02-1955
23
25
04-13-1955
24
17
05-05-1955
25
14
09-24-1955
26
21
04-14-1955
27
20
09-10-1955
18
34
09-20-1955
28
38
04-20-1955
28
3
09-20-1955
23
14
04-12-1955
23
18
06-05-1955
33
39
04-17-1955
23
41
09-02-1955
19
40
04-12-1955
26
43
04-12-1955
28
21
04-14-1955
26
9
04-12-1955
23
41
05-01-1955
26
1955 National League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1955 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Did you know that Future hall of famer Addie Joss made his Major League pitching debut on April 26, 1902 and tossed a one hitter?

When Christy Mathewson made his Major League debut the newspaper wrote, "The untried semi-professional possessed great speed and plenty of confidence in himself, but could not control his curves."

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